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Week 9 - 29 March 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Last week I was asked to visit a base group at a particular time..... I knew something was up!

As well as a very large group hug, I was presented with a book of thanks to the staff. Each child had contributed a page as a 'random act of kindness'. Here's a snippet from the crew:

".....arranging fun and happy things....."
"I realise you use all your effort teaching us in an interesting way..."
"We will support you...... you have made us full of fun and joy..."
"Thank you for giving people rewards for being themselves"
"Thank you for all the plasters and advice"
"....for being a  good person..."
"...everyone being so friendly and kind to the environment and other people"
"....we know it's hard work...."

We so appreciated the effort and also the thoughtfulness. There is depth and understanding of what we aim for. 

Additionally, we received an email from a parent this week whose whānau are leaving Wellington ....

... we are going to miss Worser Bay School terribly. We enjoyed an incredible connection with the school community and will never forget the wonderful opportunities the children have had to grow, develop, learn and thrive under your care. 

What an amazing journey it has been .....- I really believe the kids have developed a great love of learning  ........seriously positive learning mojo.... healthy dose of Worser Bay style ako....!

So for us, as a staff...... it's one of those magical moments when we see all the 'stuff' behind the scenes celebrated like this.

You have to be real, it's not all rainbows and glitter - now that's where the word resilience comes in, I'll leave that for another time!

Ngā manaakitanga

PS.  I especially really liked the comment from a child "I must say, I think you should take a break!" Yes, thankfully we have Easter! See you Wednesday!


Coming Up this Week:

  • School will be closed for Easter on Friday 30 March, Monday 2 April AND Tuesday 3 April
  • Parent Coffee Catch Up at Scorch-O-Rama - Friday 6 April (after Karakia at around 9.30am)
  • Bush Trip - Anna's and Gabrielle's basegroup.  (Postponed from Friday 23 March due to bad weather.)

Dates to Diary:

  • Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Tuesday 10 April
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 13 April
  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2
  • School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June AND Monday 4 June

Need to Action:

SIGN UP NOW for Term 2 & 3 Miniball

Year 3 - 6 Miniball
If your child wishes to be part of a Worser Bay Miniball team, please complete this Google Form by 9am on Monday 9 April.

For those of you new to the sport, Miniball is a modified version of basketball played on a smaller court with lower hoops and a smaller ball. There are two age grades: Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. 

Each team needs a squad of 7 players, a referee and a parent coach/manager. Please indicate if you are able to assist. 

Games are played at ASB Stadium Kilbirnie and are 30 minutes long:
* Years 3 & 4 play on Wednesdays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm 
* Years 5 & 6 play on Mondays between 4.00pm and 5.30pm 

Miniball Leagues run for 12 weeks:
* Years 3 & 4 - 9 May to 8 August (Exclusion Dates: 11 and 18 July due to School Holidays)
* Years 5 & 6 - 30 April to 6 August (Exclusion Dates: 4 June due to Queens Birthday, 9 and 16 July due to School Holidays)

Practices tba. The cost will be approx. $75 (depending on the number of players)

Please ensure that your child can commit for the whole 12 weeks. Once your child is committed to a team, the expectation is for them to see out the duration of the term. 


Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Tuesday 10 April

Tautoru has secured places on Tuesday 10th April for workshops at the revamped Discovery Garden run by the Botanical Gardens. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the new Discovery Spaces as part of our Inquiry “Kaitiaki o te Ngahere - Guardians of the Forest". We will learn about what plants need, our connections to plants and how plants support us.

We will be going in three groups and two sessions:

Session 1 
Groups 1 & 2 - 9:30 am - 12.30pm

Session 2
Group 3 - 11.30 am - 2.30pm

What to bring
Jackets, hats, morning tea, lunch and drink bottle.

Each base group will need 3-4 parents or adults to help support us with the trip. If you are able to come, please email your base group teacher as soon as possible.

There is a cost of $8.50 per child. Payment and permission can be made via Online Payments (under Fees and Donations).

Please Note: If you have ordered Sausages for Tuesday 10 April, please cancel them.

Movin' March - Walking School Bus

Moving March Walking Bus
Our Moving March Walking Bus is under way. Many kids are already making their way to school on the Waewae Express but we are encouraging more people to, literally and figuratively, ‘get on board’. Whether you are walking or choose to be Pedal Ready and ride your bike, they are all good initiatives. We are serious about sustainability and this is an important part of the Big Picture. And, what’s good for the health of the planet is also good for us!

If you would like to know more about this initiative, please contact either Scott or John (our Enviroschools Coordinators) or simply add your name to the Google Form.

Happy walking everyone!

Movin’ March is organised by Greater Wellington Regional Council and supported by our local council. Our month-long celebration of walking and wheeling to school kicks off on 5 March. Everyone can take part – even if you live further away. There’s lots of stuff for you and for your children to enjoy…!

Walk, Wheel and WIN!...: 
Students who walk or wheel get their WOW Passport stamped and when their card is full, each student goes in the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers from On Yer Bike.  

Parents send us photos of your school journey via Facebook anytime during Movin’March. We’re giving away family passes to your favourite Wellington Wild Things destinations throughout the month and we’d love to see video or photos of your school journeys!  Or write a blog about how you may have changed your travel habits and why.  We also want to hear your stories as they can help inspire others.   

Students can also take part in our design a Poster Competition to reflect the benefits of walking and wheeling. The regional winners will receive a Panasonic Tough Camera!

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 11 April

On Wednesday 11 April, small individual pizzas, made in our own pizza ovens, will be available for lunch. 

All pizzas have a tomato sauce base and you can choose from three types of topping:
  • Cheese
  • Cheese and Ham
  • Cheese and Salami

Pizzas cost $5 each. Please order via Online Payments on our website. Please note that orders need to be in by midnight on Monday 9 April

Voluntary Contributions

The Voluntary Contribution for 2018 is $355 per student. If this is paid before the end of Term 1, you may pay a reduced rate of $305 per student. We appreciate that family incomes may be stretched and payments can continue to be made by instalments during the year. If you wish to pay in 2 instalments, these will be $177.50 to be made by the end of Term 1 (Friday 13 April) and by the end of Term 3 (Friday 28 September), to reduce the administrative costs involved. Please discuss with office staff or pay online via Online Payments.   

Tip for Online Payments:  
If paying your Voluntary Contribution in Term 1, change the amount to pay to $305 to get the $50 reduction.

A Note from the Office

Easter Dates
Friday 30 March )
Monday 2 April   )  No school on these 3 days.
Tuesday 3 April  )

Queen's Birthday Weekend
School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June and Monday 4 June.

Sun Protection
In Term 1, students will still need adequate sun protection when playing outside. 

We would encourage you to send your children to school with sunscreen already applied - particularly to backs of necks, tops of ears (if wearing caps rather than wide brimmed hats), forearms and legs. We do stress that our Sun Protection policy states wide brimmed hats. For more information, please refer to our Sun Protection Policy on SchoolDocs.

School Driveway
Please do not use the bottom of the school driveway as a drop off zone. The yellow lines are there for a reason. We have had a couple of reports of near misses on the crossing due to cars pulling in and stopping there. Please help keep our children safe.

School Payments
The following payments are now ready for payment via Online Payments on our website:
  • Voluntary Contribution - $355 (or $305 if paid before the end of Term 1 - Friday 13 April)
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Term 1 Floorball - $30
  • Year 1-4 Netball - $29
  • Tautoru Botanic Garden Trip - $8.50
  • Term 2 Swimming Lessons - $70
Term Dates for 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Lost Property
Please remember to check the Lost Property Box regularly. Unnamed items are donated to the Salvation Army fortnightly if they are not collected. (We endeavour to return named items to the students.)


Due to Senior Camp and the long weekend, there are no Principal's Awards this week.


Welcome to Willow and her family who are new to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Swimming - Term 2

Next term, the main focus for the PE curriculum is Swimming. This involves every student having one weekly Swimming Lesson at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre every Tuesday for 10 weeks, starting 1 May 2018 and finishing 3 July 2018. Due to numbers, students may be heading to the pool with different teachers from usual - more information to follow. 

Lessons times are as follows:

Years 1 & 2 - 12noon to 1pm
Buses leave school at 11.35am from WBS and 1.30pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

Years 3 & 4 - 11am to 12noon
Buses leave school at 10.30am from WBS and 12.20pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

Years 5 & 6 - 10am to 11am
Buses leave at 9.30am from WBS and 11.20am from the Aquatic Centre. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s base group teacher. 

Please pay and give permission under "Fees and Donations" on Online Payments by 9am on Monday 30 April 2018.

Situations Vacant! 
Are you calm, confident, proactive and enterprising? 

Are you able to commit to spending some time supporting teachers to help with child supervision and changing at the pools? 

The faster we get the children organised and ready, the quicker they get into the pool, meaning they make the most of their scheduled swimming time. (Even though we are keen to develop self management, changing rooms can have a strange effect on timeliness!) 

If you think that you would be able to help to make the swimming experience fun and efficient, please let your child’s teacher know by Monday 30 April 2018. Even if you can select some days that you would be available over the term, the teachers can schedule you in. 


Part of Positive Education is exploring character strengths. We have been looking at the strength of Gratitude. Just like anything, we can grow our strengths by practising them. We have been practising gratitude by thinking about the things and people we are really lucky to have. We read a story called “An Awesome Book of Thanks”, and then wrote our own version. Have a look at our Blog to see all of the things we are really grateful for!


Investigating our native trees
During Inquiry, we have been looking at the native trees and plants around Worser Bay School. We didn't realise we had so many! Pohutukawa, kōwhai, pūriri, lacewood, kawakawa, manuka, kanuka, harakeke, ngāio, to name a few.

In Literacy, we have been making small books with ideas about what we turn the different leaves into. Go to our Blog to see more.

We have been at Camp Kaitoke this week! 

We had a fantastic time of challenging ourselves and having fun with our friends. Over the next few days we will put up all of our photos on the blog so stay tuned!

Home Loan Offer with ASB...

$500 gets donated to Worser Bay School if you are a parent, staff member or member of the school community and draw down a new ASB home loan of $250,000 or more. Visit www.asb.co.nz/schoolbanking for more information.

How it works:
Mention this school donation offer to your ASB banker when you apply for a new ASB home loan. The supporting success in your school promotion is only available when you apply for a new home loan through an ASB branch, Mobile Lending Manager or by calling us on 0800 100 600.

Your new home loan application must be received, approved and then documented in a facility agreement, along with the completed school voucher, before 30 June 2018. This home loan offer is only available on loans secured by an owner-occupied residential property provided to ASB, with a minimum of 20% equity.

Once your home loan is fully drawn down, ASB will donate $500 to your chosen participating school.

Download and complete the school voucher to participate in the supporting success in your school promotion.

Terms and conditions apply, see voucher. Promotion ends 30 June 2018.

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